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Racing Around: Fonda crowns champs

August 23, 2012
By JAMES A. ELLIS ( , The Leader Herald

I have often joked about the final points night of racing at Fonda Speedway as the Nightmare of Features.

However, for six drivers it was a dream come true.

With a little help from Mother Nature, Stewart Friesen locked up the modified track championship a week early.

Just in case though, Mr. Freeze added his eighth win of the season to his list of accomplishments.

The pro stocks have been one of the most exciting classes to watch week in and week out and they did not disappoint the fans of the full-fender class.

Pete Broderson and Kenny Gates were on top of their games both showing their usual smooth form last Saturday Broderson won the first feature with Gates a close second. The second feature because a little anti-climatic as Broderson drew to invert two, putting Gates on the pole and himself outside.

Gates got the early lead and Broderson kept him in sight but did not push the issue. Though Gates did not win the title, he did record his 49th career pro stock victory.

In the street stock double features, you didn't want take your eyes off the track because you would have missed something.

Greg Havlicek did an outstanding job staying on the front end of both features to take home his second and third career wins.

Chuck McSpirit survived the mayhem to lock up his second street stock track championship.

In the 4-cylinder division, Ben Righi successfully defended his championship, while Ken Hollenbeck got the title for the single-cam 4 cylinder division that was separated from the dual cams in July.

And how about The Milkman, Cody Bleau? He went winless for almost three seasons before joining Jeff and Dave Rockefeller and the 816 racing team.

Bleau came into the season with a newfound confidence. At the car show in March Bleau told me "This is Dave and Jeff Rockefeller's car. They gave me the chance to race it this year and I am really looking forward to it. It is a great opportunity for me to go after the championship."

Guess he was right.

Bleau finished second in both 15 lap 602 sportsman features to lock up his first career track championship.

The final points standings in the 602-sportsman division changed after the second feature.

John Scarborough came up light on the scales after the second feature leading to a disqualification.

His fourth place finish would have been enough to put his second in the final points, instead the loss of 50 points dropped him to fourth, moving Mark Mortensen to second and Rocky Warner to third.

Racing returns to Fonda Speedway on Sept. 18 with a full regular race program plus CRSA sprint cars. The season concludes on Sept. 22 and 23 with the tradition River Rage Weekend.

Racing at The Ridge

The Ridge switches to Saturday night for its final two shows of the season.

Racing will start at 7 p.m. for a complete race card featuring modifieds, sportsman, rookie sportsman, street stocks and cruisers.

The points battle will conclude on Sept. 1 when the CRSA sprints will join the final race program at The Ridge under the direction of promoters Mike Romano and Jake Spraker.



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